If you suspect that you have a hearing loss or are experiencing any of the difficulties mentioned in the previous section, it is important that you have your hearing tested. You will be seen by an audiologist who will discuss your concerns with you and perform the necessary hearing tests to evaluate your hearing.

The batch of tests usually consists of:

Otoscopic Exam

The audiologist will look in your ears, to determine if there are any physical abnormalities, or if there is an accumulation of wax.

Pure Tone Audiometry

A test that requires you to listen for tones presented through headphone and press a button when you hear the sounds

Speech Testing

A test that requires you to listen to various words/sentences and repeat what you hear

All results will be discussed in detail with you and if you do have a hearing loss, your audiologist will explain whether hearing aids will be of benefit to you. Should you decide to go this route, your audiologist will work with you to determine which hearing aid will be the most suitable for your hearing loss and lifestyle. She may also provide counseling to your family members to show them how to communicate more effectively with you.